Often people ask me ‘so what do your Pilates retreats actually involve?’ so I thought I’d share a day in the life of a retreat guest – it’s not all group hugs and detox teas!
Wake up and have a cuppa and a snack (yes we serve real tea and real coffee – there’s no strict rules on what you can and can’t have on my retreats!).
Make our way to our beautiful Pilates spot outside by the pool or in the holistic garden. The tem-perature is usually perfect at this time in the morning and we do our Pilates class listening to the sounds of cockerels, donkeys and cicadas.
The first Pilates class of the day is a chance to energise, stretch and get ready for the day – whether that is a day of lounging by the pool or a day hiking in the nearby mountain range. Either way, you take it at your own pace.
After class we’ve all worked up an appetite so we go straight to brunch, which has been prepared by the amazing Monica. This typically consists of local fruit, goats cheese, avocado, grilled toma-toes, Ruth’s homemade granola and a selection of local breads.
There are optional activities during the day – one of my favourites being a walk over the mountains to a gorgeous port called Soller. We stop for fresh orange juice on the way at a stunning rest point and once we get to Soller we have a picnic on the beach (or some people prefer to choose some local tapas).
In the afternoon those who want to can hire paddle boards in the sheltered bay of Soller – it’s the perfect place to try paddle boarding for those who haven’t before.
Once we get home at around 6 everyone is usually pretty exhausted so we have a gentle stretch and relax before another delicious dinner cooked by our incredible professional holistic chef Nicola (www.nourishbynicola.com)
Ruth has a few spaces left on her Pilates retreat in Deia, Mallorca from 23-29 September 2017 (shorter stay may be available on request). For bookings and more info please visit www.ruthtongue.com or email [email protected] *
Ruth is also running a Pilates, fitness and wine tasting retreat in Sicily in September and has a few last minute spaces (14th-18th September). Email [email protected] for more information.*
*To receive 10% off either retreat, quote “Sport Stylist”